11 - 14 March 2019 • CTICC, Cape Town
2019 HR Directors Conference

Leading in an age of volatility
and digital disruption

The HR Directors’ Conference has been running for 10 years now and consistently offers a platform for HR leaders to connect, grow and share ideas with professionals from many companies and different industries across the country. The theme for 2019 focuses on HR leaders operating and leading in times of volatility and digital disruption.

Two-day Conference

As technology evolves and the world of work changes, HR leaders have the power to shape the organisation! HR Directors are required to embrace disruption and drive transformation in unchartered territory, having to find new ways to manoeuvre and guide people through uncertainty. As an HR leader you have the opportunity to shape the direction of work and revolutionise and reinvent the way we work, influence, lead and do business. It’s time for a growth mindset and strategic approach that gets you and your department out in front of the change. The HR Director of today and in the future should be the right hand to the CEO. According to Harvard Business Review however, "Research by McKinsey and the Conference Board consistently finds that CEOs worldwide see human capital as a top challenge, and but yet they rank HR as only the eighth or ninth most important function in a company.”

The HR Directors 2019 conference will address some of the MOST pressing challenges faced by HR executives today. By attending you will hear sessions as to
how you can:

Delivering more business value

Deal with change and digital transformation

Manage engagement and create
 employee experiences

Attract, develop, retain and inspire
best people

Pre-Conference Workshops

Agile HR – Certification ICagile Certified Professional – Agile Talent (ICP-TAL)
11 and 12 March (two-day workshop)

Crafting a Future-Fit Organisational Design for the Emerging World of Tomorrow
12 March (half-day workshop)

Creativity in HR Helps Shape the Workforce: Building the Creativity Competency
in Your People

12 March (full-day workshop)

These hands-on, practical and engaging workshops allow you to deep-dive into specific topics which will build skills and offer practical take away tools that can be immediately applied in your day-to-day work. Skills or concepts are taught, demonstrated or explored, and they are embedded with active participation and active learning. Interaction and participation are vital parts of these workshops. Even if you’re not attending the full conference, you can still register for a stand-alone workshop.

Sponsors & Exhibitors

What can sponsors and exhibitors expect?

Benefits include:

Significant brand exposure to over 25 000 HR leaders through our integrated targeted marketing campaign

Affiliation with a widely reputed and recognised HR event

Show/demonstrate how your organisation can add value - how can your product solve some of the HR/businesses challenges?

Meet the RIGHT prospects – the majority of attendees are Director/Executive/VP level who are hard-to-reach, busy prospects.

Build relationships – people prefer to work with people they have engaged with on a one-on-one basis and whom they trust. Get to know HR directors personally and professionally

Stand out from the crowd – while these prospects are usually bombarded daily with lots of media online and offline, this event will provide you with their undivided attention

Be part of an exclusive community – The HR Directors Conference is not a massive trade-show. Think of it as a high-quality, high-level, conversation hub, where the number of solution providers and exhibitors is highly limited.

2019 HR Directors Conference in Context


2019 HR Directors Conference
at a glance

2019 HR Directors Conference
content pillars

Why it is important
for HR leaders
to attend

View highlights from previous HR Directors Conferences

Attendees thoughts of past HR Directors Conferences

2019 Venue 
About Cape Town and the CTICC

Programme highlights


  • HR disrupted: the digitalisation of everything and the race for future relevance

    Presented by
    Paul Norman
    Chief HR Officer, MTN Group

  • The power of purpose: developing purposeful leaders and organisation

    Presented by
    Njabulo Mashigo
    HR Director, Heineken

  • How leaders can choose hope and show resilience in volatile times

    Presented by
    Professor Piet Naudé
    Director, The University of Stellenbosch Business School

  • The employee experience journey from onboarding to exit: seeing your organisation through the eyes of your most important customers

    Presented by
    Celiwe Ross
    Human Capital Director, Old Mutual

  • Gearing up: HR driving innovation and change at Mercedes-Benz

    Presented by
    Abey Kgotle
    Executive Director: HR, Mercedes-Benz SA (Top Employer 2018)

  • Discussion session:
    HR in tough times

    Dr Matete Lerutla
    HR Director, Marsh & McLennan

  • Moving from annual appraisals to a culture of high performance

    Presented by
    Sandy Mohonathan
    Regional HR and Human Capital Director (Middle East, Africa, Russia and Turkey), Accenture


HRD Conference 2019 Speakers


Dr Matete Lerutla

HR Director
Marsh & McLennan

Prof Shirley Zinn

CEO Shirley Zinn Consulting
Director of Boards

Samkelo Blom

Nomatu Consulting (Former Group HR Executive, Spur Group)

Paul Norman

Chief HR Officer
MTN Group

Dr Jacques Ludik

Founder and CEO, Cortex Logic;
President and founder of the Machine Intelligence Institute of Africa

Sandy Mohonathan

Regional HR and Human Capital Director (Middle East, Africa, Russia and Turkey) 

Celiwe Ross

Human Capital Director
Old Mutual

Jopie De Beer

Managing Director
JVR Africa Group

Jennifer Algie

People and Culture Transition Director
Dimension Data

Ryk Cloete

Applications Solutions Engineer

Job Mpele

Group Human Resources Director
Rhodes Food Group

Roshan Marinus

Group HR Manager

Njabulo Mashigo

HR Director

Anja van Beek

Agile Talent Strategist
Leadership Consultant & Coach

Sifikile Zondi

Head of Learning and Development 
Ster-Kinekor Group

Sarika Mahadeo-Diercks

Senior OD Specialist

Abey Kgotle

Executive Director: HR
Mercedes-Benz SA

Chwayita Mareka

General Manager: HR

Kim Filies

Gray Feather Consulting

Prof Piet Naude

The University of Stellenbosch
Business School

Dr Mark Orpen-Lyall


Ebrahim Matthews

Managing Director
Pearson South Africa

Sarah Arnot

Managing Partner
Woodburn Mann Leadership
Science Institute

Merafe Ramono

Senior Consultant
Mandate Molefi

Andries Keun

Managing Director (Africa and Australia)
Thomas International

Penny Milner-Smyth


Boyce Lloyd


Jannie Malan

Solution Consultant
Workday South Africa

Prof Theo Veldsman

Work Psychologist, Visiting Professor in Work Psychology at University of Johannesburg
Strategic Associate, InavitIQ

Shandre Petersen

Managing Director
The People Experts

Zia Attlee

Head of Research, KR

Dave Van Eeden

Executive Consultant
21st Century &
Semco Style Consultant
















Contact Us

For more information, to register or to find out how you or your organisation can be involved as a sponsor/exhibitor, please contact
DEBBIE ATWELL at debbie@knowres.co.za or +27 83 651 1664.

To book your seat contact MAGDELINE MATLATSE at magdeline@knowres.co.za or +27 11 706 6009.